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FROM A SOLDIER IN PANNONIA

Greek text:   PTeb 583
Date:   3rd cent. A.D.

This letter (not in the original collection) is poorly preserved, but most of the text has been recovered with the help of infrared images by Grant Adamson, who published it in 2012 ( academia.edu ). His translation is shown here.


Aurelius Polion, soldier of legio II Adiutrix, to Heron his brother and Ploutou his sister and his mother Seinouphis the bread seller and (?) lady, very many greetings. I pray that you are in good health night and day, and I always make obeisance before all the gods on your behalf. I do not cease writing to you, but you do not have me in mind. But I do my part writing to you always and do not cease bearing you in mind and having you in my heart. But you never wrote to me concerning your health, how you are doing. I am worried about you because although you received letters from me often, you never wrote back to me so that I may know how you . . . while away in Pannonia I sent letters to you, but you treat me so as a stranger . . . I departed . . . and you are glad (?) that . . . the army. I did not . . . you a . . . for the army, but I . . . departed from you. I sent six letters to you. The moment you have (?) me in mind, I shall obtain leave from the consular commander, and I shall come to you so that you may know that I am your brother. For I (?) demanded nothing from you for the army, but I fault you because although I write to you, none of (?) you . . . has consideration. Look, (?) your neighbour . . . I am your brother. You also, write back to me . . . write to me. Whoever of you . . . , send his . . . to me. Greet my (?) father Aphrodisios and Atesios my (?) uncle . . . his daughter . . . and her husband and Orsinouphis and the sons of the sister of his mother, Xenophon and Ouenophis also known as (?) Protas . . . the Aurelii . . .   {Left margin} . . . the letter . . .   {Addressed} . . . to the sons and Seinouphis the bread seller . . . from Aurelius (?) Polion, soldier of legio II Adiutrix . . . from Pannonia (?) Inferior . . . Deliver to Acutius (?) Leon, veteran of legio . . . , from Aurelius Polion, soldier of legio II Adiutrix, so that he may send it home . . .

papyrus 113


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